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Ain't Nobody That Can Sing Like Me: New Oklahoma Writing Paperback – November 11, 2010
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Dorothy Alexander's "Whiskey" opens the collection. This is not an ode to the drink but to the hungry farm kids who pooled their lunch money until they had enough to buy one bootleg bottle. Alexander also looks straight in the face of 21st century political reality in "State of the Arts in a Red State," reminding us that the voices of poets in every state in the nation sing of the world they see. In the same way prose writer, Donnita Dewey, deals out the post cards from her past in "Flash Memoirs of an Okie Lesbian."
Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, the editor, has quite appropriately chosen a Woody Guthrie lyric for the title. In her introduction she has supplied a helpful sketch of modern Oklahoma, correcting stereotypes for those for whom our state is "an unexplored land." But the chief content of this introduction is an encyclopedic account of publishing in Oklahoma for which all authors, especially those who compose what she calls vernacular writing, should kiss her feet.
The only bone I pick with her is the heft of this volume. The poems and stories of seventy-nine writers are included which means that it will be a while before I discover all the treasure that is here. But so far my reading has shown me a consistent quality and courage by people who grasp the red dirt without gloves. To say that these beautiful stories and poems deal with the nitty gritty is to make nitty gritty look smooth.
The poetry and stories in this book feel like "coming home."
I felt as if I had found something I didn't know was missing in my life.
The writing in this book is real, honest, and gritty. It's as varied as the people of Oklahoma, and as welcoming.
This book personally touched me.
I don't know if it would do the same to anyone not from the state, but I have a feeling that anyone from the Midwest could relate.
I heartily recommend this book.